Category: Arts & Entertainment

Zoo Benefits Every Year From Fundraising Concert

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 12, 2014 – Internationally recognized musicians will be playing lakeside this month to raise money for our local animal sanctuary. Since debuting in 2010, the annual Blues for the Zoo concert has raised about $25,000 for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Now in its fifth year, the series that grew out of the Open Sky Music Festival has a loyal following that knows it can expect world-class talent. New this year is a September date instead of August, which its organizers say offers better access to performers who are busy during the summer touring season. The nonprofit organization promoting the concert is Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, which supports the facility through fundraising, volunteer coordination and education. The zoo is a licensed care and rehabilitation center currently housing over 180 injured and confiscated animals, and it successfully releases back into the wild most of the rehabilitated animals. This year’s new additions are two partially blind Snow Leopards. The concert–along with food booths and an artisan fair–is scheduled for Saturday, September 27 at the Big Bear Lake Swim Beach Outdoor...

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CLASSIC! Show Cars on Parade & Display This Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 8, 2014 – Proud auto owners are checking in today for the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club Fun Run, and tomorrow morning, they’ll drive their pride-and-joys into the Bartlett Lot in the Village. Judges will evaluate over 500 show cars from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturday and announce the winners at 2:30. There’s no admission fee for the public to view the classic cars and enjoy live music, raffles and refreshments. Be sure to stop by the KBHR booth for some giveaways. Another way to appreciate the vehicles is to find a spot along the road to watch them go by during the annual “Cruise Around the Lake,” which starts at 3:45 on Saturday. The cars will be headed in a clockwise direction from the Village, and some traffic control will be in effect. The awards ceremony is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m....

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Dancer/Painter Combines Art Forms at Month-Long Exhibit

July 21, 2014, Big Bear Lake, CA – The Gallery in the Village is brimming with talent, with this month’s Featured Artist George Gootson–a respected local landscape painter–and Guest Artist Elizabeth Szymczak on display through August 13. The public is invited to a free reception to meet them and discuss their work on Saturday, July 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or to view their installations any time during normal business hours. As both a dancer and an artist, Szymczak combines her expertise in both disciplines to produce dramatic, hyper-realistic images with symbolic undertones. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MFA in Representational Drawing and Painting from the Academy of Art University. She later studied plein air landscape painting in Italy and added video and live painting to her repertoire. Originally from Chicago but now based in Los Angeles, Szymczak teaches AP Art History at Granada Hills Public Charter High School, and is currently showing her work in L.A. and Laguna Beach. The Gallery’s “4th Saturday” receptions include wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The Gallery is located at 40750 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake, and is operated by The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley....

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Astronomical Society Explores Cosmos

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 19, 2014 – Visitors to Big Bear often comment on how bright the stars are at night, and there’s a couple of reasons for that. Our altitude of over 6700 feet gives us excellent transparency, and the lack of many street lights keep the skies appropriately dark. Given those conditions, our mountain is the perfect place to explore astronomy. The Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society (BBVAS) was established in 1991 to explore and increase our appreciation of the Universe. It caters to amateur astronomers of all levels and promotes science literacy through outreach activities like sharing telescopes on the Village sidewalk. A new event for the organization is remote live lectures, where a professional Astronomer presents a live, interactive lecture over Skype. Past speakers have hailed from the National Solar Observatory in Arizona, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association from Arizona. Society members also get together once a month for a “star party”, setting up telescopes in a dark location to gaze at all the beautiful objects in the sky. Observers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, whether they have a telescope or not. If you do have a scope, they’ll help you set it up and navigate the cosmos. The next star party is on July 26 in Baldwin Lake during...

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Fireworks in Big Bear: The Best in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, June 28, 2014 – On Friday July 4th, Big Bear residents and visitors to our valley will be treated to one of the largest and most unique fireworks displays in all of southern California. Shot from a barge in the lake, the fireworks are brilliant in our clear mountain air and we get the added bonus of their reflections on the water. The Big Bear Rotary Club and especially longtime valley resident Skip Suhay, who passed away in May, have been coordinating this display for over 20 years. They’ve seen it grow from a small display shot from the peninsula at the end of Pine Knot to the huge show it is today which will feature over 400 shells shot into the sky from a 100 foot long barge anchored in the middle of the lake. According to family members and fellow Rotarians, the annual fireworks show was Skip’s passion. Every year he looked forward to making the show more memorable and better than the year before. He worked closely with MWD, the various marinas, and the pyrotechnic specialists to make sure it was the best show possible. This year, Skip’s son Andy will be at the helm of the Rotary Club’s Fireworks Committee. The fireworks can be seen from many vantage points in the valley including from the lake itself. In fact, anywhere you can...

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